LaVar Ball tries to threaten Lakers into taking all three of his sons

Los Angeles — LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, is threatening to have his son leave the team unless his two brothers join him there.

That’s unlikely to happen. The New York Post called the notion “delusional.”

The Lakers own club options on Lonzo’s contract through the 2020-21 season, according to Yahoo Sports. And they can match any deal he signs in restricted free agency three years from now.

That’s apparently not stopping LaVar from trying. He told Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas that he wanted all three of his sons on the Lakers, but added they would go to any team that would take all three.

Lonzo’s brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo are currently playing for Prienu Vytautas in the Lithuanian League, according to the Post.

They ended up there after LiAngelo was arrested for shoplifting while in China with his college team, UCLA. He was suspended and LaVar pulled him from school.

LiAngelo was expected to come off the bench for UCLA this season. LaMelo is 16 and would be considered a high-major prospect if he were playing in the U.S., the Post said.

It’s far from clear whether either of the younger Ball brothers has a real NBA future, Yahoo Sports noted.

Lonzo Ball could threaten to sit out the season in an attempt to force a trade and play with his brothers, but that would likely tank his career, according to Yahoo.

Yahoo also noted that Lonzo hasn’t played for the Lakers since Jan. 13. The team has won eight of 10 games in that span and newly acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas is stealing headlines in Los Angeles.

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